Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Bella Blaq presents her new single, “Hands On Me,” a straightforward track about her personal difficulties as a black woman in the entertainment industry.
Speaking to the song, Bella shares, “Life is crazy, we all got battles we fight daily. You can’t let it stop you though.”
Originally from Blakely, Georgia, Bella’s talent manifested by the time she was 14, as she and her friends performed freestyle shows at school and in her family’s home. Influenced by Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, and Lauryn Hill, Bella developed her unique sound, a blend of old school hip-hop with contemporary tangs.
Her stylish sound led Bella to sharing the stage with artists such as 2 Chainz, Future, and Young Dro. During the forthcoming months, Bella is on course to release a series of captivating singles, including collaborations with multi-platinum producer Epikh Pro, who has worked with Bryson Tiller, Cardi B, and Eminem.
“Hands On Me” opens on a slow, low, and banging rhythm topped by fluctuating synths. Tight, crisp snapping percussion gives the tune a biting, edgy cadence, while the rumbling bassline booms with thick vibrating tremors.
Bella’s effortless, rapid-fire flow delivers barbed couplets reminiscent of Cardi B, only smoother and more complex, imbuing the rhymes with provocative hooks.
“We don’t do no complication / Only money moves baby wait and see / Thank you for the dirty laundry / Go and fold it up give them something to see / Like whoa.”
Subtle vocal inflections fill the backdrop with intimate emotional projections, mirroring the intense passion of the song as the melody see-saws on undulating harmonics.
The prickly, suggestive cover echoes exposure to exploiting hands, depicting manipulative touches on her bare body, indicating that even in the face of sexism and racism, Bella continues to make music her way, without heeding outside, controlling pressures.
“Hands On Me” immediately establishes Bella Blaq as a major talent in hip-hop. Her flow is seductive, irresistibly beguiling, and pointblank.